The Attic presents “Jazz/Poetry Thing”

The Attic presents “Jazz Poetry Thing” a performance of music and spoken word featuring poets Marc Beaudin and Dave Caserio, with Parker Brown on upright bass and Billy Conway on drums, on Saturday, June 10. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the show starts at 8:00 p.m. The Attic, Livingston’s premiere music venue, is located at 110 N. Main St., above the Whiskey Creek Saloon.

Tickets for this one-night-only performance are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased at Whiskey Creek, Elk River Books at 120 N. Main, or online at TicketRiver.

 

 

Marc Beaudin has performed his poetry and spoken word with jazz and rock artists around the country, including Little Feat keyboardist Bill Payne, Michigan jazz legends the Northwoods Improvisers, and fronting his own bands, Miscellaneous Jones and Remington Streamliner. His work has been published in numerous journals, collected in chapbooks as well as the full-length The Moon Cracks Open, and is included in the anthologies Unearthing Paradise: Montana Writers in Defense of Greater Yellowstone and Poems Across the Big Sky, II. His latest book, Vagabond Song: Neo-Haibun from the Peregrine Journals, was called “a jazzy, freewheeling, rollicking road trip into the beating heart of the Eternal Now” by Montana Quarterly.

Dave Caserio is the author of This Vanishing and Wisdom For A Dance In The Street, a CD of poetry and music. A recipient of a Fellowship in Poetry award from the New York State Foundation of the Arts, Caserio works with various community outreach programs, Humanities Montana Conversations and Arts Without Boundaries. He is a founding member of the writer’s collective, Big Sky Writing, and producer of a series of poetry-in-performance events: A Feast For The Hunger Moon, WordSongs, Arc of the Communal, and I Conjure A Stubborn Faith, that combine poetry, music, dance and the visual arts. Recent publications include the Coachella Review, and the anthologies, Unearthing Paradise and Poems Across the Big Sky, II.

Specializing in double bass, electric bass and guitar, Parker Brown is a private instructor, songwriter and a freelance and studio musician. He teaches at Allied Music in Billings, MT, and as adjunct instructor at Sheridan College in Sheridan, WY and Rocky Mountain College in Billings. Brown has performed with jazz musicians Jeff Hamilton, Ronnie Bedford, Jack Walrath, and Nick Mancini. As a studio musician Parker has recorded as a bassist and guitarist on over twenty albums, working almost primarily with Base Camp Studio in Bozeman. He recently released his first solo album, We Were Young.

Billy Conway entered the Boston music scene in the early 1980s playing in the punk-blues band Treat Her Right with Dave Champagne, Jimmy Fitting and Mark Sandman, touring extensively and landing a major record deal. This was followed by nearly a decade of recording and performing with the internationally acclaimed band Morphine, featuring Sandman on two-string bass, Dana Colley on sax and Conway and Jerome Deupree on drums. Since the untimely passing of Sandman, Conway continues to perform with fellow Morphine members and others as Orchestra Morphine, Twinemen and Vapors of Morphine. He has played on or produced dozens of records, and toured with many bands before and since working with Morphine, most recently with Chris Smither and Jeffrey Foucault.

For more information, contact Beaudin at (406) 224-5171 or info@crowvoice.com.

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Hundred Highways Tour #56 – #60: US 89, US 12, US 87, MT 200 & MT 3 to Cassiopeia Books

Between a mermaid & Greg Klyma is a good place to be. Photo by Andrew Guschausky.

A return to Cassiopeia Books, but this time traveling with my good friend and one of my favorite musicsmiths Greg Klyma. He flew out from Boston for a show at Elk River Books, and from there, we hit the Silver Dollar in Butte and a couple live radio sessions, but for the Great Falls show, I was the opener, performing a handful of poems from Vagabond Song as well as some new ones that I hope to include in a forthcoming project. More about that in some much later post.

Driving up from Livingston and stopping for lunch in White Sulphur Springs, then into the magic of the Little Belt Mountains. We stop halfway through for a short walk into the slick rocks and fir trees with yellow-bellied marmots zipping over boulders and stumps. Once in Great Falls, we have a couple drinks at a bar near the bookstore where another guy in a fedora compliments mine. Kindred spirits. Comrades in the anti-baseball hat faction.

After the reading, as expected, we visited the mermaids at the Sip n Dip — and, a first sighting for me: a merman. The sexual revolution is alive and well in Montana.

On the way home, we stopped off at Bar 47 in White Sulphur for lunch, and Greg started plinking on the piano. Right away, the owner turned off the house music and joined him for a duet of “Crazy.” I suddenly had a new favorite bar.

And, I have a very rough draft of a new poem:

A slurry of sleet softens to snow
as we top the Little Belts & begin
the descent toward the science fiction
of Great Falls

a city dropped from the sky
into the middle of rolling ranchlands or
unpacked overnight by top secret
machines of the Air Force Base
in a flurry of Cold War propaganda

I stand with the longest river in the country
on my left hand and the shortest on my right

From spring to mouth in 201 feet
the Roe River in its subterranean-cleansed clarity
contains all a river could

At 2,341 miles, the Missouri holds
the history of a continent, the bones of
an Irish revolutionary, the songs of
the Blackfeet, Hidatsa, Lakota, Mandan,
Omaha, Ponca, Métis and dozens more,
the echoes of bison and the shadows of tree swallows
mapping the demise of unseen
insects above the unseen broodings
of trout

Stretching, I could place a hand in each
but it’s time to get back on the road

[Read more about the Hundred Highways Tour here.]

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Birthday Poem 2017

A day without birds
salvaged in the last hours
by the alpenglow of
birthday candles on
the kids’ faces and
the Eroica playing its tricks –
after all these years it still
catches me off guard
with every listen  Then
I remember
this morning a chickadee
at the feeder reminding me
as always, of summer camp
back in northern Michigan
where the birds first began
to tell me their stories
and put a small flame
at the tip of my pen
like a birthday candle
like a flare of notes in E flat
major

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Design Portfolio

“Beaudin’s musical score set is gorgeous and his direction outstanding.” (Amadeus)

“Director/Designer Marc Beaudin certainly knows how to create a permeating atmosphere.” (The Exonerated)

“Beaudin’s ramshackle set testifies of the broken lives of these two men.” (TopDog/UnderDog)

“Beaudin’s multilevel set is lovely and the technical design solid.” (Christmas My Way)

Below are photos from a few of the nearly 30 shows for which I’ve designed sets and lighting at 9 different venues, from 300-seat theatres to unfinished warehouses, art galleries and traveling shows. (Click here for design resume.)

As a scenic designer, I love the challenge of telling more of the story through visual media. Sometimes this story is historic – a representation of the place and time of the play, but more interesting to me is when the story is metaphoric, symbolic or psychological. These are the sets that become another character in the play, interwoven with the lives and desires of the human characters inhabiting the same world.

Please click any photo to view a slide show of larger images.

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Directing Resume

“Beaudin’s beautifully understated direction makes this a must-see play.” (The Women of Lockerbie)

“Beaudin directs his cast to near perfection.” (Enchanted April)

“Marc Beaudin has directed another fine show here, again showing attention to detail and drawing strong performances out of his ensemble cast.” (Fear & Misery of the Third Reich)

“Beaudin’s musical score set is gorgeous and his direction outstanding.” (Amadeus)

Directing Credits:

Dying City by Christopher Shinn, 2016
Caldera Theatre Company; Buckhorn Theatre, Livingston, Montana

Long Ago and Far Away by David Ives, 2015
Caldera Theatre Company; Shane Lalani Center for the Arts, Livingston, Montana

Trout Fishing in Livingston adapted by Marc Beaudin from writings of Richard Brautigan, 2014
Caldera Theatre Company; Elk River Books, Livingston, Montana

Chekov’s Squirtgun (“The Proposal” and “The Bear”) by Anton Chekov, 2013
Blue Slipper Theatre; Livingston, Montana

The Lion in Winter by James Goldman, 2012
Blue Slipper Theatre; Livingston, Montana

Nighttown Suidae adapted from James Joyce’s Ulysses by Marc Beaudin, 2010 – 2012
Bloomsday Celebration; Livingston Bar & Grille and Elk River Books, Livingston, Montana

Frankenstein, Inc. by Marc Beaudin, 2011
Blue Slipper Theatre; Livingston, Montana

The Woman in Black by Stephen Mallatratt, 2011
Pit & Balcony Community Theatre; Saginaw, MI

Dracula by Steven Dietz, 2010
Blue Slipper Theatre; Livingston, Montana

The Women of Lockerbie by Deborah Breevort, 2009
Bay City Players; Bay City, Michigan

Amadeus by Peter Shaffer, 2008
Pit & Balcony Community Theatre; Saginaw, Michigan

Enchanted April by Matthew Barber, 2008
Pit & Balcony Community Theatre; Saginaw, Michigan

Macbeth by William Shakespeare, 2006
The 303 Collective; Saginaw, Michigan

The Exonerated by Jessica Blank & Erik Jensen, 2006
Pit & Balcony Community Theatre; Saginaw, Michigan

Frankenstein, Inc. by Marc Beaudin, 2005
The 303 Collective; Saginaw, Michigan

Fear & Misery of the Third Reich by Bertolt Brecht, 2005
The 303 Collective; Saginaw, Michigan

Little Shop of Whores by Marc Beaudin, 2004
The 303 Collective; Saginaw, Michigan

Betrayal by Harold Pinter, 2000
Collective Artists’ Gallery & Exchange; Saginaw, Michigan

Please click here for a photographic portfolio.

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Directing Portfolio

“Beaudin’s beautifully understated direction makes this a must-see play.” (The Women of Lockerbie)

“Beaudin directs his cast to near perfection.” (Enchanted April)

“Marc Beaudin has directed another fine show here, again showing attention to detail and drawing strong performances out of his ensemble cast.” (Fear & Misery of the Third Reich)

“Beaudin’s musical score set is gorgeous and his direction outstanding.” (Amadeus)

Below are photos from a few of the nearly 20 shows I’ve directed at 9 different venues, from 300-seat theatres to unfinished warehouses, art galleries and bars. (Click here for directing resume.)

My goal as a director is to collaboratively guide everyone involved with the production toward an authentic, unified and creative vision. As theatre artists, we dig deeply into the mysteries of human experience and emerge with more mysteries. Questions are more important than answers. And I believe we must develop ways of asking these questions with clarity, harmony, humor and great passion.

Please click any photo to view a slide show of larger images.

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Hundred Highways Tour #54, 55: U.S. 89 & Highway 540 to Pine Creek

The nice thing about having a blog that three people read, is that when I’m five months late on posting an installment, only three people notice. However, I just noticed that I never posted about the leg of the Hundred Highways Tour to the legendary Pine Creek Lodge.
Pine Creek is the first place I performed when first moving to Montana. I was asked to open for the band The Fossils, for which I wrote the poem “Fossils.” That began a great stretch of readings and performances, including the premiere of Remington Streamliner, the defunct poetry band that lasted about as long as poetry bands do.

More importantly, Pine Creek has a place in history as being home base, for a time, of the Montana Gang, a loose group of writers, musicians and actors that included Richard Brautigan, Thomas McGuane, Jim Harrison, Gatz Hjortsberg, Jeff Bridges, Jimmy Buffett and Guy de la Valdene.

I once spent the night in Cabin 2, where Brautigan lived while writing The Hawkline Monster. Sadly, those cabins are gone, destroyed by the person who owned this magical place between the great days of Ned and Dan and these new days of Chip and Jen. It’s fantastic that the new owners are doing much to make Pine Creek my favorite venue again.

The reading for Vagabond Song was great fun, great crowd and I had the best mac & cheese of my life. Really. Plus this happened:

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Acting Resume

Acting Credits:

A Singular Kind of Guy, David Ives; Caldera Theatre Company, “Mitch”

Sure Thing, David Ives; Caldera Theatre Company, “Bill”

On the Harmful Effects of Tobacco, Anton Chekhov; Blue Slipper Theatre, “Nyukhin”

Romeo & Juliet, William Shakespeare; Shane Lalani Center for the Arts, “Lord Capulet”

Red, John Logan; Blue Slipper Theatre, “Rothko”

Well, Lisa Kron; Actors Theatre of Montana, “Man”

The Baltimore Waltz, Paula Vogel; The 303 Collective, “The Third Man”

Cabaret, Kander/Ebb; Pit and Balcony Community Theatre, “Max”

Freewheelin’ in the Attic of Whim, John Francis Bueche, The 303 Collective, “Frank”

Burn This, Lanford Wilson; Something Blue Independent Theatre Co., “Pale”

Nice Shoes, Marc Beaudin; Collective Artists Gallery & Exchange, “Man”

The Dirt Play, Julian McFaul; HERE Gallery, NYC, “Thug”

Working, Schwartz/Faso; Pit and Balcony Community Theatre, “Frank Decker” “Emilio Hernandez”

Beau Jest, James Sherman; Pit and Balcony Community Theatre, “Abe”

Crimes of the Heart, Beth Henley; Pit and Balcony Community Theatre, “Doc”

The Lion in Winter, James Goldman; Pit and Balcony Community Theatre, “Geoffrey”

Dream St., Over & Out, Al Hellus’ Collective Artists Gallery & Exchange, “The Poet”

100 Years of Pure Shit: A Centennial Aberration of Ubu Roi, Alfred Jarry (adapted by John Francis Bueche et al.); Bedlam Theatre, “Ensemble”

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Scenic Design Resume

“Beaudin’s musical score set is gorgeous and his direction outstanding.” (Amadeus)

“Director/Designer Marc Beaudin certainly knows how to create a permeating atmosphere.” (The Exonerated)

“Beaudin’s ramshackle set testifies of the broken lives of these two men.” (TopDog/UnderDog)

“Beaudin’s multilevel set is lovely and the technical design solid.” (Christmas My Way)

Design Credits:

Venus in Fur by David Ives (co-designer, scenic painting & lighting design), 2017
Blue Slipper Theatre; Livingston, Montana

Dying City by Christopher Shinn, 2016
Caldera Theatre Company; Buckhorn Theatre, Livingston, Montana

Chekov’s Squirtgun (“The Proposal,” “On the Harmful Effects of Tobacco” and “The Bear”) by Anton Chekov, 2013
Blue Slipper Theatre; Livingston, Montana

The Lion in Winter by James Goldman, 2012
Blue Slipper Theatre; Livingston, Montana

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, 2012
Shane Lalani Center for the Arts; Livingston, Montana

Frankenstein, Inc. by Marc Beaudin, 2011
Blue Slipper Theatre; Livingston, Montana

The Woman in Black by Stephen Mallatratt, 2011
Pit & Balcony Community Theatre; Saginaw, Michigan

Dracula by Steven Dietz, 2010
Blue Slipper Theatre; Livingston, Montana

The Women of Lockerbie by Deborah Breevort, 2009
Bay City Players; Bay City, Michigan

Amadeus by Peter Shaffer, 2008
Pit & Balcony Community Theatre; Saginaw, Michigan

Little Shop of Horrors by Alan Menken & Howard Ashman, 2008
Pit & Balcony Community Theatre; Saginaw, Michigan

Enchanted April by Matthew Barber, 2008
Pit & Balcony Community Theatre; Saginaw, Michigan

Beauty and the Beast by Alan Menken & Howard Ashman, 2007
Pit & Balcony Community Theatre; Saginaw, Michigan

Six Degrees of Separation by John Guare, 2007
Pit & Balcony Community Theatre; Saginaw, Michigan

Baltimore Waltz by Paula Vogel, 2007
The 303 Collective; Saginaw, Michigan

Cabaret by Joe Masteroff, Fred Ebb & John Kander, 2007
Pit & Balcony Community Theatre; Saginaw, Michigan

Broadway Bound by Neil Simon, 2007
Pit & Balcony Community Theatre; Saginaw, Michigan

Picasso at the Lapin Agile by Steve Martin, 2007
Pit & Balcony Community Theatre; Saginaw, Michigan

Christmas My Way by Todd Olson, 2006
Pit & Balcony Community Theatre; Saginaw, Michigan

Crowns by Regina Taylor, 2006
Pit & Balcony Community Theatre; Saginaw, Michigan

Rocky Horror Show by Richard O’Brien, 2006
The 303 Collective; Saginaw, Michigan

TopDog/UnderDog by Suzan-Lori Parks, 2006
The 303 Collective; Saginaw, Michigan

Biloxi Blues by Neil Simon, 2006
Pit & Balcony Community Theatre; Saginaw, Michigan

The Exonerated by Jessica Blank & Erik Jensen, 2006
Pit & Balcony Community Theatre; Saginaw, Michigan

Burn This by Lanford Wilson, 2004
Something Blue Independent Theatre Co.; Saginaw, Michigan

Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat by Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice, 2003
Pit & Balcony Community Theatre; Saginaw, Michigan

Back When the Animals Talked by Lee Perry Belleau, 2001
For a Good Time Theatre Company; Saginaw, Michigan

Betrayal by Harold Pinter, 2000
Collective Artists’ Gallery & Exchange; Saginaw, Michigan

Please click here for a photographic portfolio.

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Directing Credits

I believe that theatre is the art of sharing the experience of living truthfully, in the moment, within imaginary circumstances. My goal as a director is to collaboratively guide everyone involved with the production toward an authentic, unified and creative vision that allows this “living truthfully” to occur. As theatre artists, we dig deeply into the mysteries of human experience and emerge with more mysteries. Questions are more important than answers. And I believe we must develop ways of asking these questions with clarity, harmony and great passion. The answers are then found in the imagination and emotional reality of each audience member.

Directing Credits:

Dying City by Christopher Shinn, 2016
Caldera Theatre Company; Livingston, Montana

Long Ago and Far Away by David Ives, 2015
Caldera Theatre Company; Livingston, Montana

Trout Fishing in Livingston adapted by Marc Beaudin from writings of Richard Brautigan, 2014
Caldera Theatre Company; Livingston, Montana

Chekov’s Squirtgun by Anton Chekov, 2013
Blue Slipper Theatre/Caldera Theatre Company; Livingston, Montana

The Lion in Winter by James Goldman, 2012
Blue Slipper Theatre; Livingston, Montana

Nighttown Suidae adapted from James Joyce’s Ulysses by Marc Beaudin, 2012
Elk River Books’ Bloomsday Celebration; Livingston, Montana

Frankenstein, Inc. by Marc Beaudin, 2011
The Blue Slipper Theatre; Livingston, Montana

The Woman in Black by Stephen Mallatratt, 2011
Pit & Balcony Community Theatre; Saginaw, MI

Dracula by Steven Dietz, 2010
The Blue Slipper Theatre; Livingston, Montana

The Women of Lockerbie by Deborah Breevort, 2009
Bay City Players; Bay City, Michigan

Amadeus by Peter Shaffer, 2008
Pit & Balcony Community Theatre; Saginaw, Michigan

Enchanted April by Matthew Barber, 2008
Pit & Balcony Community Theatre; Saginaw, Michigan

Macbeth by William Shakespeare, 2006
The 303 Collective; Saginaw, Michigan

The Exonerated by Jessica Blank & Erik Jensen, 2006
Pit & Balcony Community Theatre; Saginaw, Michigan

Frankenstein, Inc. by Marc Beaudin, 2005
The 303 Collective; Saginaw, Michigan

Fear & Misery of the Third Reich by Bertolt Brecht, 2005
The 303 Collective; Saginaw, Michigan

Little Shop of Whores by Marc Beaudin, 2004
The 303 Collective; Saginaw, Michigan

Betrayal by Harold Pinter, 2000
Collective Artists’ Gallery & Exchange; Saginaw, Michigan
Dying City by Christopher Shinn, 2016
Caldera Theatre Company; Livingston, Montana

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